Why we don't offer you a cup of coffee

Who wants to hang out at a dentist?

At Life Dental & Wellbeing we are sometimes asked why we don’t serve coffee in our Patient Lounge. There are a number of reasons:
First and foremost we don’t believe you should have to be waiting long enough to drink a cup of coffee. We try our best to run to time and as much as we love seeing you why would you want to hang out at the Dentist?

Caffeine affects your health

The caffeine in coffee increases your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy so that’s not what you need. Caffeine as a habit decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease. So that’s not a good idea either. The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion and heartburn, along with imbalances in your gut flora.

Caffeine can also mess up your serotonin levels which disrupts sleep and promotes anxiety and depression. We all know someone who tends to be tired, wired and over-caffeinated and that is something we are trying to help you stop. Coffee shops on almost every corner inspire a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal than a drink. Add a biscuit on the side and we wouldn’t be doing you any favours at all would we?

Oh and it stains your teeth!

Surely a glass of chilled water and a satsuma has got to be better for you?

Bryony Gibbons
Bryony Gibbons
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Corona Virus – Dental Update

Issue Date: 24/03/2020

On advice from the Government the practice is now closed for all routine work. 

Patients requiring urgent dental care can access this by phoning the practice between 9-11.00am each week day morning, after which one of our dentists will contact you directly to discuss what arrangements can be made to alleviate your problem. Please note that this service is for patients experiencing significant dental pain or trauma /symptom free broken fillings will not normally be deemed as requiring urgent dental care. We are happy to help non registered patients on a private fee basis. 

Outside these hours and at weekends or bank holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you to our out of hours service. 

For patients with routine dental care we will be contacting you to rearrange your appointments on a rolling basis. Due to the unpredictable nature of what we are facing please accept our apologies if your appointment has to be pushed forward repeatedly. 

We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time and will endeavour to be look after you to the best of our ability. 

Many thanks and keep safe 

Ben Pearson and the Team